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[[caption-width-right:175:Looks like he isn't gonna be doing ''that'' anymore...]]

->''"She got stuck! Should've ducked! Worst of luck! Stuck, stuck to a pole!"''
-->-- '''Courtney, Gwen, & Heather''', ''TotalDramaWorldTour'', [[EarWorm "Stuck to a Pole"]]

''We '''Triple Dog Dare''' ya to read this trope.''

A character, usually (but not always) a kid, is dared to place his tongue on a flagpole (or other metal object) in sub-zero temperatures. The tongue becomes stuck to the flagpole and HilarityEnsues.

TruthInTelevision. The saliva on your tongue ''will'' freeze on contact with a cold surface if it's cold enough, and it's possible to lose your tongue to severe frostbite. [[SchmuckBait Better not try it.]] Of course, if you breathe on it enough or get some hot water, that isn't a problem.
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!!Examples

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* Happens in a UK advert for Pot Noodle. A boy's tongue is stuck to a pole. A teacher needs warm water and a sponge to free him. But when she goes to boil the kettle she finds a Pot Noodle and uses the hot water on that instead, leaving the boy stuck.
* Played with in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fz0f6sjliR4 this commercial]] for Jeep.
* All three of the Budweiser Frogs once [[http://fliiby.com/file/542026/s343z6m7g3.html got their tongues stuck]] to a very cold can of Bud in the middle of a blizzard in the swamp.
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Even well past age 20, ComicStrip/{{Nemi}} still does this.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}''
** Odie once gets his tongue stuck on a frozen fire hydrant. The strip then shows six panels' worth of outstretched Odie tongue, leading to Garfield saying, "We need a blow dryer and a really, really long extension cord."
** Jon once got his tongue stuck on the ''mailbox'', but it wasn't seen.
** In one strip, Garfield's lips get stuck to a frozen cup of coffee.
* Peter gets his tongue stuck to a flagpole off-screen in ''FoxTrot''. Jason tells Andrea to get the camera instead so he can upload it to YouTube.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* [[GoodIsDumb Sora]] gets dared to do this in the ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' fanfic ''FanFic/OtherHalvesAndOtherTales''.
* In the [[{{Doujinshi}} fanworks]] of ''[[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Gensokyo]]'', Cirno the [[AnIcePerson Ice Fairy]] is prone to have certain characters stuck to her by their tongues, including [[BigEater Yuyuko]].
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* As a colt, the eponymous ''WesternAnimation/SpiritStallionOfTheCimarron'' gets his tongue stuck to a large icicle. He then snaps it off and carries it away with him until he melts his tongue free in his mouth.
* In ''Disney/BrotherBear'', Koda relates a story to Kenai wherein some bear licked an iceberg and got his tongue stuck to it. It then floated away, so to save him "They had to, like, rip his tongue off, so now, he hath t'talk like dis alla time..."
* The ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' movies:
** Scrat gets his tongue stuck to a glacier.
** In the first movie, Sid gets his tongue stuck on the floor of an ice cave.
* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/FlushedAway'', the evil Toad and his French cousin Le Frog actually get their tongues frozen onto a large pipe containing liquid nitrogen after Roddy smashes it apart to freeze the tidal wave Toad sent to drown the rats of Sewer-London. It's implied that the two amphibians were both arrested after they were unfrozen.
* In ''[[WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians Rise of the Guardians]]'', a young boy gets his tongue stuck to the frozen water from a drinking fountain due to Jack Frost freezing various things around town.
* The reindeer character Sven in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' gets his tongue stuck on the ice stairs' railing as a FunnyBackgroundEvent.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe2'', one of the minions is trapped when he licks a a popsicle dangled in front of him and his tongue gets stuck. He wakes up on the tropical island with his tongue still stuck to it.
* In ''Animation/TheSnowQueen2012'', Orm gets his tongue stuck on some ice.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/AChristmasStory'', the TropeCodifier. Flick and Schwartz are debating on whether or not a tongue will get stuck to a frozen object. Flick is given a triple dog dare to lick the flag pole, and we can guess that he will never do that again...
* ''Film/DumbAndDumber''. Happens on a ski lift, and Harry doesn't need any goading or triple-dog dares; he just says [[WhatAnIdiot "Oh look, frost!" and sticks his tongue on it]].
* ''TheGreatRace''
* Happens in ''[[Film/JackFrost1997 Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman]]'', with tongue-tearing results.
* Happens in ''Film/EpicMovie'', also with tongue-tearing results.
** In the unrated cut of the film, her tongue stretches to an insane length and she attempts to cut free with a knife and axe.
* A variation occurs in ''Film/AVeryHaroldAndKumar3DChristmas''. Hint: it's not Harold's tongue that gets stuck.
-->'''Kumar:''' [[ShoutOut This is just like that scene in]] ''Film/AChristmasStory''.\\
'''Harold:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Oh, is it really?]]
* The former variation occurs in ''Series/{{Jackass}} 2'', when one of the guys freezes his balls to a block of ice.
* And that same variation occurs in ''Film/JoeDirt'' when a dog's testicles get stuck to the porch of a house during a cold night.
* Another variation occurs in ''Film/{{Saw}} III'': Jeff freezes his cheek onto a set of pipes while reaching for a key to free a woman being sprayed with freezing water. [[spoiler:He gets the key, tearing some skin off his cheek, but is too late to save her.]]
* Butterball's tongue gets stuck to an icicle in ''[[Film/AirBuddies Snow Buddies]]''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* One PaulJennings story features a boy kissing an ice sculpture of a girl. The inevitable happens, inevitably, so he goes into a pool of water to melt it off.
* ''The Watsons Go to Birmingham'' had a scene like this too.
** Specifically, one of the boys was kissing a mirror, so he got his lips stuck. Unable to use hot water to get him off, his mother rips him off the mirror. He keeps his lips, but is incredibly sore and has to cover them with Vaseline for a few days.
* The narrator in ''Popular Music From Vittula'' climbs to a mountain in the Himalayas, and kneels over to kiss a metal plate on the ground. He has to pee in a cup to free himself.
* In ''[[Literature/LittleHouseOnThePrairie Farmer Boy]]'', Almanzo is egged on to lick a pump handle, but knows better than to rise to the bait.
* While not using the tongue, it is mentioned in ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}''. Albert reminisces about a toy horse he wanted as a kid. "I must have spent hours staring at it with my nose pressed against the glass, until someone heard my cries and unfroze me."
* One of the stories in ''The Book of Heroic Failures'' tells of a man who knelt down to breathe on the lock of his car door in an effort to defrost it and ending up spending a freezing night outside with his lips stuck to the car door.
* ''Literature/WarriorCats''
** Ravenpaw goes to drink from a gutter on the barn roof, but ends up with his tongue stuck to the ice he wasn't expecting to be there.
** In ''Sunrise'', Hollyleaf gets ''her'' tongue stuck to a frozen pond. After much hilariousness, Brambleclaw gets her free by breathing on the ice to melt it.
* At the beginning of NealStephenson's ''Cobweb'' a guy tries to feel Desiree Dhont's bum, not realising that she has spent her whole life wrestling with her champion-grade brothers and is just as {{badass}} as they are. Before he knows what's happening, she slams his face into a freezing cold metal window frame and leaves him stuck to it.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Tested and confirmed on ''Series/MythBusters''. Evidently, enough people thought it to be a myth to justify it (possibly because the show was filmed in balmy California). This also showed how much damage it could cause. They stuck a pig's tongue to it, and when they pulled it off by force...
* The PaulJennings story mentioned above was one of many adapted as an episode of ''RoundTheTwist''. The ice statue Bronson kissed was of a girl who had red hair -- who turned out to be his cousin.
* An episode of ''KenanAndKel'' where they get stuck in a refrigerator in a restaurant and one of them gets his tongue stuck on a fish (can't remember who though).
* Happens to one of the President's bodyguards (on a skilift) in an episode of ''Series/TheNanny''.
* Jeremy Clarkson on ''Series/TopGear''. In a variant, it was a metal hex nut he was holding with his mouth -- but since he was standing on the polar ice north of Canada at the time, it had the same effect.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Rescue 911}}'' had this happen on one of their segments where a kid got his tongue stuck in a freezer and the rescue squad had to come and free him.
* Referenced in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''. Turk is keeping his boxers in the freezer and JD's brother warns him to make sure he is completely dry 'down there' before putting them on or he could end up with "a tongue on the flagpole situation".
* In one ''Series/ThisHourHas22Minutes'' segment, an eco-terrorist who blew up a pipeline in British Columbia offers some advice to other terrorists. He insists the media was wrong about no one being hurt, since he licked the pipeline not knowing his tongue would get stuck. Things got progressively worse when the bear showed up.
* On ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'', London gets her tongue stuck a frozen smoothie that Zack had stuck on a popsicle stick.
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[[folder:Music]]
* There's a verse about this in "There Are Many Dangers" by Music/CrashTestDummies.
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[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* One of the frogs in ''ItsAVeryMerryMuppetChristmasMovie''.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* On ''Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion'' Garrison Keillor jokingly suggested that pump handles (and frozen objects in general) have the ability to hypnotize children to make them stick their tongues on them.
* On ''Radio/CabinPressure'', TheDitz flight attendant Arthur has trouble opening the plane's hold door with his gloves on when it's on the ground in St. Petersburg, so he takes them off. Once he's been freed with the liberal application of vodka, he goes to put his gloves back on and in order to do so, puts the keys he was holding in his mouth... The incident is a ChekhovsGag that gets them out of a pickle later in the episode.
* Stuart McLean plays with this trope in one of his ''Radio/TheVinylCafe'' stories. A man gets stuck on the roof in the middle of winter. He contemplates peeing on the TV antenna, though knowledge of this trope prevents him from doing so.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The (very surreal) InteractiveFiction game ''So Far'' ''dares you to lick a frozen pole.'' [[spoiler:It's a bad idea, because you will get stuck and eventually freeze.]] While your tongue is stuck, all descriptions come back muddled, as if the narrator ith thalking with ith thung thuck to a thlagthole.
* In the {{Canada|Eh}} level of ''[[VideoGame/TonyHawksProSkater Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3]]'', there is an objective to help a guy called Chuck (specifically, "[[RhymesOnADime Get Chuck Unstuck]]") who has got his tongue stuck on a pole and is being taunted and having snowballs thrown at him by two bullies. This being a skateboarding game, what's the solution? Plow into him at full speed.
* In ''VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry 7: Love for Sail!'', Larry can lick an ice sculpture and get his tongue stuck.
* Not performable, but mentioned in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything "Have you ever licked a lamppost in winter?"]]
* One loading screen video loop in ''VideoGame/MondayNightCombat'' features the Ice Men Pit Girl trying to pull free an Ice Men Tank... whose tongue is stuck to a [=ShaveIce=] turret.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/522828 This]] ''Website/{{Newgrounds}}'' Flash short. For BilingualBonus, the sign on the pole says "Wishing pole: one lick = one wish".
* In the ''HappyTreeFriends'' episode "Tongue Twister Trouble", Sniffles the anteater gets his tongue frozen to a lake after trying to eat an ant.
** In another episode, Giggles and Petunia get their lips frozen to Cro-Marmot's ice block after trying to kiss him.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01688.htm In one strip]] of ''{{Webcomic/Freefall}}'', with ''a friggin' adult CorruptCorporateExecutive'' instead of a kid.
* A variation occurs in [[http://www.squidi.net/comic/amd/view.php?series=amd&ep=1&id=242 one strip ]] of ''Webcomic/AModestDestiny'', in which Maxim sticks his tongue to a metal shelf in a freezer.
* ''[[http://lostandfoundcomic.com/d/20090206.html Lost and Found.]]''
* Dare we mention the ''very'' {{NSFW}} ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'' [[http://www.oglaf.com/snowqueen/1/ strip]] where a traveler visits the Ice Queen?
* The ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'' parody of ''Film/AChristmasStory'' briefly shows a young Dave Davenport yelling "I'm thtuck!"
* Apparently, a pile of shoggoth(s?) grew some tongues for the specific purpose of sticking them onto a glacier when teleported to the Antarctic by the Elder Things in [[http://www.goominet.com/unspeakable-vault/vault/339/ one comic]] of ''Webcomic/TheUnspeakableVaultOfDoom''.
* And in [[http://gucomics.com/comic/?cdate=20060201 this panel]] of ''Webcomic/GUComics'', we find a party whose tank has managed to stick his tongue to a ''Frost Giant''!
* ''HamletoTheHamster'': Happens to Hamleto with [[http://www.hamletothehamster.com/2009/07/heat-is-on-part-one.html a bottle of ice-cold water.]]
* In ''Webcomic/LilGotham'', Robin gets his tongue stuck when he attempts to lick the ice cream cone of someone stuck in one of Mr Freeze's blocks of ice.
* A likely ShoutOut to the TropeCodifier [[http://thefourthcomic.com/?comic=the-missing-page here]], though it's a wall in a ice fortess, in ''WebComic/TheFourth''.

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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Probably classified as something else, but [[http://www.gaiaonline.com/newsroom/index.php?type=weekly&id=51&page=1&start=1#reading this picture]] from ''GaiaOnline'' is pure {{fanservICE}} and it knows it. But hey, hot guys!
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'': ''The Fast and the Furry'' movie. Gorthon, an evil-looking racer voiced by Tom Kenny(who isn't really evil), is tricked by Biff and Buzz (the race announcers) into sticking his tongue to the South Pole (because he thinks his tongue won't stay there).
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': In "Out to Launch", Dr, Doofenshmirtz gets his tongue stuck on the giant ice cube tray he was using to hold Perry the Platypus prisoner.
* Interesting, if sick, take on the subject in ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'': The Warden gets his tongue stuck on Alice's frozen body, while trying to lick her breasts...
* In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Aang gets his tongue frozen to his glider. Since he appears in the next scene not attached to the glider, he presumably detached himself.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** One of the winter hazards faced by Lewis and Clarke (a.k.a. Lenny and Carl) in the episode "Magical History Tour".
** And Homer gets his tongue stuck to the ice sculpture at Otto's wedding.
** And in "The Springfield Files", Channel 6 News uses a file photo of Homer that shows him with his tongue stuck to a lamppost.
** In "My Fair Laddy'', Bart stores Lisa's saxophone in the freezer and then hands it to her. Her tongue gets stuck when she attempts to blow it.
* In ''WesternAnimation/YvonOfTheYukon'', Harland and the Duke find themselves lost in the middle of the arctic tundra when they come across a set of train tracks. Wondering if a train is coming, Harland gives the sage advice: "If you stick your tongue to the train track and it doesn't stick, then a train has gone by, and if it does stick, then a train is coming". The Duke tries this, and naturally gets his tongue stuck to the tracks.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', Scratch and Grounder are in the Arctic cold, Scratch kisses Grounder, HilarityEnsues.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Grossology}}'' episode "Fangs a Lot", Professor Skinner gets stuck when he kisses a frozen, giant, genetically modified snake.
* Happens to Sir Roderick in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gawayn}}''. Having won a fake Crystal of Gawayn in a game show, Roderick tries to get it to work by licking it. At this point, he discovers it is actually made of ice.
* When it starts snowing in ''KingOfTheHill'', Peggy says "Nobody lick any flagpoles!"
* ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland Total Drama World Tour]]'': In the Yukon episode, Bridgette gets her tongue stuck to a flagpole thanks to [[ManipulativeBastard Alejandro]]. Then Chris forces her to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmHB2UwgVAg sing]] about it (With Gwen Courtney and Heather as backup), made even funnier consdiering that her voice is slurred as she tries to speak, and it's the only song to have visible lyrics to make it more understandable.
* [[TheDitz Penny]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyB'' once tried to do this on purpose. [[SpringtimeForHitler She failed]].
* Happens multiple times on ''WesternAnimation/ErkyPerky''.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/ClassOf3000'' episode "Eddie's Money", Madison gets her tongue stuck on an ice sculpture at Eddie's birthday party. Twice.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', "Now Museum, Now You Don't": Hank sticks his tongue to [[HumanPopsicle the ice block containing Ug-Ugh.]]
* Stimpy from ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' once did this, once it became stuck he pulled until his tongue got ripped off.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SquirrelBoy'' episode "The Grim Cheaper", [[ItMakesSenseInContext imaginary future Andy]] gets his tongue stuck on an icicle during the sled chase through the deep frozen house (which also makes sense in context).
* In the ''Zeke's Pad'' episode "The Artful Dodger", Zeke's dad gets the CaptivityHarmonica he was playing inside the snowbound house stuck to his lips.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'' episode "Beans Are From Mars", Chip and Skip get their tongues stuck to an ice cream truck. Which then drives off.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' [[ChristmasEpisode episode]] "Hearth's Warming Eve", Scootaloo and some other poor anonymous filly get their tongues stuck to a huge (Christmas-tree-sized) candy-cane prop. They get better though.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Stoked}}'': In "Channel Surfers", Reef attempts to kiss Lo while they are standing in the cool room. He misses and ends up with his tongue stuck to a metal strut.
* ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'': Taz gets his tongue stuck to frozen dinner in "Take All of Me". Wendal's attempts to free him do not go well.
* Happens to Patrick when he gets his tongue on a ''wooden'' pole when the Krusty Krab is frozen in the ''SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "Krabs a la Mode"(not that he minded, though).
** Later on in the same episode, he also gets it stuck to the back of the clamboni.
* ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'': In "Fire and Ice", Leugey gets his tongue stuck to a wall of ice.
* This happens to Mystique Sonia in the Penguin Castle episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Hero 108}}''. She gets her OverlyLongTongue stuck to a frozen bowling ball.
* Not seen directly, but it is mentioned in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode [[BaseballEpisode "A Leela of Her Own"]] that Hank Aaron XXIV once got his tongue stuck to his blernsball bat on a cold day.
* A Smurf in ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfsAChristmasCarol The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol]]'' tries to lick an icicle and gets his tongue stuck on it. He is seen dancing with the other Smurfs with the icicle still stuck on his tongue.
* ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'': Courage's tongue gets stuck to a frozen Muriel in "Snowman's Revenge". This gets worse when the snowman snaps the poor dog's tongue in half to free him.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'': Billy gets his tongue frozen to Santa's sleigh in the ChristmasSpecial.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'': In "A Christmas Carol", Daffy gets his butt frozen to a park bench during the song "Christmas Rules".
* In the teaser trailer for ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', the reindeer character Sven gets his tongue stuck on a frozen lake during a quarrel over a carrot with the snowman Olaf.

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